by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page

We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number.  It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.

We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer.  Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.

After every 10 numbers, a Sylvester & Peck On Sports podcast will feature Budd Bailey and the guys reacting to the selection.

#81

Miroslav Satan, Sabres. The forward played for five different teams, but his best work was done here. Satan spent seven full seasons as a Sabre and had at least 20 goals in all of them – topped by 40 in 1998-99. He led the team in scoring six different times. Others: Bob Chandler, Bills; Peerless Price, Bills; Roger Vyse, Bandits.

Bob Gaughan’s Numerology:  I would vote for Bobby Chandler. Chandler played nine seasons for the Bills from 1971-1979. He was 2nd team All Pro twice in 1975-1977. He led the NFL in receptions from 1975-1977 with 176. More importantly for a kid growing up in the 70’s, who didn’t try to make a Bobby Chandler type of catch with your feet up against the curb representing the sidelines and out stretched arms catching the ball just on the tips of your fingers. I believe he was a more beloved figure than Satan.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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